In general I love historical fiction and this book seemed like it would have lots going for it. But it failed in every aspect of it. The characters were flat, boring and cliche. The plot moved extremely slowly and 'clues' were gone over again and again and again and then again a few chapters later, in case you forgot. The whole book could have been half the length without losing anything. The translation was stilted, especially with idioms and phrases. For those who might be faint of heart, the descriptions of torture and killing is not extremely graphic but presented in a very matter-of-fact way. Probably not for everyone.
My biggest problem with the book was continuity errors and plot holes. The editor of this book needs to be fired. Sometimes it's little things, like the main characters get covered in clay dust which they can't get off, and an hour later when one goes to town to get help, no one asks why they're all covered in dirt. When you find out who did it, I invite you to go back and read the initial descriptions of this character's physical characteristics and then read the big confrontation scene again. See the problem? Appalling.
In the middle of the book, I thought I'd be giving this book maybe 3 stars and say that it was kind of ok for listening to in the car, but the completely frustrating plot hole at the end was the final turn of the thumb-screw for me. I confess: I hated this book. Would not recommend, will not buy the sequel.
Like most (probably) I got this because I enjoy Carriger's Parasol Protectorate books. If you liked those books, you'll probably like this. It's an adorable kind of book. If you haven't read her adult books, I don't know what you'll think of this book. There is a lot about the England this book takes place in that isn't really explained (aka not explained at all), like any background whatsoever with regards to the supernatural.
I couldn't give the plot more stars for two reasons. Firstly, the book really doesn't have much of a plot. Things just sort of happen as it becomes necessary for characters to do things rather than just exist. It's definitely more about meeting beloved characters that we know well as adults and setting the scene for future books than it is about the 'mystery' or whatever you'd like to label the plot here. Now, if you don't think too hard about anything and just happily go with the flow, then this lack of plot won't bother you. Just have low expectations.
My second issue is with the intended audience. I imagine most readers will be (as mentioned) adults who liked her other books. But it's definitely intended for a young adult audience....or so it sort of seems. Now, Sephronia is young for most young adult heroines, and there isn't any romance whatsoever (which is just fine, the girl is 14!). That's all fine and well, but given what else is out there for teen readers, this book will probably come across as rather tame. Younger teens might like it, but vocabulary might be a concern for tweens.
I had really high expectations for this novel, and there were tons of great reviews, so when it failed to live up to that, I was quite disappointed. The book is almost more a collection of novellas rather than a start to finish story of Elphaba's life. I guess what I didn't like was the disconnect between each of the parts. I just couldn't really see how each previous part shapes Elphaba into the person she is in the next part. For example, given the first section's description of her parents, I can't really see why she is the way she is at university. By the end of the book, I wasn't sure why she was doing anything that she was doing.
Furthermore, parts of the overall plot weren't really that well explained. Now, it's been a while since I last read The Wizard of Oz, so maybe I ought to have given it a reread before I started this, but points like why is Nessa Rose considered to be 'wicked' aren't explained, and it just adds confusion to an already fractured plot.
Well, this book has all the cliches that you've come to expect from teen paranormal romances: spunky heroine out to protect her sister, fatherless, having problems with her mother (who has psychological problems); older 'hero' who reluctantly helps the heroine and generally acts like an ass, who is considerably older than her; dystopian future. However, even going in with low standards, this book wasn't great. The entire premise was kind of disappointing. The whole 'apocalypse' thing is all fine and well but there's just no rationale behind any of the stuff that's going on. Maybe the best way to explain it is that the author seems to have some grand scheme in mind which explains why all the stuff that's happening is happening, but by the end of the book you still don't even really understand what the true conflict is, let alone how to solve anything. Maybe, if the entire angel political conflict (or its significance in terms of the apocalypse) and the whole children/monsters thing had been better explained, I might have given this book a better review.
All the things you love about James Bond without the crazy complicated tangents of the movie versions. Great narration. Not much more needs to be said.
I was quite optimistic about this book, it sounded like it might be great. But it wasn't. I think what I disliked most about the book was the completely irrelevant section (about half the book). The entire middle section could have been cut without the plot loosing anything whatsoever. Everything from Marius leaving Keth to him meeting up with Gurd again should have been left out. Not only does it not add anything to the plot, but it doesn't do the main character any justice. Marius is supposed to be a clever con man who lives by his wits but the card game and the whole episode with the island make him out as extremely naive. The narrator did a good job. At the end of the book there's a not-so brief author's notes. He mentions a potential sequel; I won't be buying it.
There isn't much for me to say other than the narration was excellent on a classic tale. If you're worried about tackling such a long 'must-read' book, this edition might be just what you're looking for!
As I promised myself, I only bought the second book of this series when it went on sale. I wasn't sure if I would like it or not, but I think I ended up liking it a bit more than the first book. The book carries on a number of plot points from the first one, and has almost all the characters from the first, so maybe best to brush up. This book also sets up for at least one following book. As in the first installment, there's tons of steampunk technology, alternate history, evil plots and whatnot. Also zombies. Who doesn't love steampunk zombies?
I would have given the plot five stars but I just wish that the characters developed/changed more through the books. They're very plot driven, which is fine, but it would be nice to see them a little more fleshed out. Once again, I probably would get the next book, but only once I find it on sale.
I really really enjoyed this book. It's a strange combination of genres, and I thought it was great. To say too much would be to give away the plot, but the synopsis isn't bad. The book is told from Bayliss in the first person and Molly in the third person, which was a little odd, but I didn't let it bother me much. The narrator was excellent for both. I also thought that the author did a superb job of making the two very different characters, completely distinct in how they told their parts of the story, a rare talent in an author!
I imagine that reviews of this book will be very divided. If you want to sit back and listen to the poetry of a twisting, convoluted plot (which I'd advise requires if not a small knowledge of philosophy, then a dictionary (or google) on hand), then you'll love it. If you don't like super elaborate descriptions and metaphors then you'll probably find this book bloated in self-indulgent excess. So be forewarned. If you don't like the first twenty minutes or so, don't go on. If you loved it (like I did), sit back and enjoy!
This book is excellent, and needless to say, Davis does his normally stellar job of narration, made even more incredible by his flawless handling of all the Thai and Chinese names. There isn't really a great way to describe this book. It's a meandering journey and I really had no idea most of the way where it was going, only that I loved the ride. It follows several different characters through turbulent events in a futuristic dystopian Bankok. I won't spoil anything else for you. Listen and love it.
Like many, I had seen this book series a few times and finally caved when it went on special one day. Pleasantly surprised, it was a great book! Be warned though, Correia has a very violent, gory style of writing and the characters take a real beating through the whole book. It's also pretty clear through the book that Correia is a real gun enthusiast. The book could have been half the length without all the intricate gun descriptions. If you liked this book you should definitely try the Grimnoir series and vice versa. Correia has a great way of twisting the stereotype plots and what you might expect to happen, although in this case, it took Owen quite a bit longer than I thought it would to figure it out.
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